Stop them

According to “Invaders ram door; shotgun fells one” on, one Sacramento resident didn’t have a very good Tuesday:

Several people — at least one with a gun — were breaking through the front door of his Del Paso Heights home. His pregnant wife and two children, ages 2 and 3, slept in a back bedroom.

As the would-be invaders forced the door open, the man told police, he believed he had to act. He stuck the barrel of his shotgun into the expanding gap and pulled the trigger.

A 19-year-old man took a shot to the torso, stumbled several yards and fell dead. His accomplices — police don’t know how many — fled.

And you know what? I have no problem with this. I can easily imagine doing the same thing to protect my wife and children. Standing in my front hall, shotgun in hand, with a group of people trying to force the door open, the decision seems pretty clear-cut. Let them come in to do who-knows-what to my family, or stop them.

I choose ‘stop them.’

Happily, the homeowner will likely not be subject to legal trouble for protecting his family:

Sgt. Matt Young, the department spokesman, said the home’s occupant likely won’t face charges for the early morning shooting because his actions appear to meet the standard for justifiable self-defense.

“The final disposition will lie with the district attorney, but at this time and stage of the investigation, we don’t intend to arrest him,” Young said.

Hat tip to Kim

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